Child and Career Development Center

Child and Career Development Center

The Child and Relationship Empowerment Program (CARE)

The CARE program provides a therapeutic setting to address the academic and mental health needs of children, grades K - 2. A psychiatric recommendation is required for placement. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the psychological well-being of students who experience such emotional stress and disequilibrium that they are unable to adjust to the demands and situations in a regular school setting.

Why choose the CARE program?

Childhood can be an extremely difficult time for children who have been clinically diagnosed with a mental health disorder. The CARE program specializes in helping these children gain the skills they need to return to and succeed in a regular school setting.

What is the CARE program?

The CARE program is a school-based, partial hospitalization program that provides a clinical and alternative education environment for children, grades K - 2, who have been diagnosed with a significant mental health disorder, such as a oppositional defiant disorder, a conduct disorder, a mood disorder, an anxiety disorder and/or an attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

What are the goals of the CARE program?

  • To decrease the need for more restrictive levels of intervention.
  • To enhance a child’s self-awareness and the ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships.
  • To assist and support children in developing personal strategies for success.
  • To enable children to return to a regular school environment.

How does the CARE program achieve its goals?

The program strives to achieve its goals by providing therapeutic, educational and family services.

  • Cognitive behavioral approach
  • Individual therapy & treatment planning
  • Psycho-social group education
  • Group therapy
  • Psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring
  • Psychological assessments
  • Transition planning
  • Behavior management system (point and incentive systems)
  • Family intervention
  • Educational Services
  • Regular and special education programs
  • Pennsylvania standards requirements
  • Modified curriculum for individualized education plans (IEP)
  • Core curriculum (language arts, mathematics, social studies, science)
  • Supplemental courses (gym, art, etc.)

To whom does the CARE program provide services?

CARE program services are available to children in grades K - 2 who reside in Chester County and who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Who provides the services?

Services are provided by the following professionals:

  • Clinical supervisor
  • Clinical staff therapists
  • Child psychiatrists
  • Licensed social workers
  • Pennsylvania state-certified regular and special education teachers

When does the program operate?

The program operates year-round, Monday through Friday. During the summer, CARE provides both academic and therapeutic supports on a modified schedule.

Where is CARE located?

The CARE Program
1525 East Lincoln Highway
Coatesville, PA 19320

Main Phone and FAX Numbers:
Phone: 610-383-7400
FAX: 484-340-3237

Contact Information

Sue Lombardi, Supervisor, Clinical Treatment Programs  610-384-7647
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